School Leadership in Action

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This series of videos is intended to illustrate best practices in school leadership and spark conversation, reflection, and new thinking in schools and districts. Whether you are hoping to become a principal, just started a principalship, or have been leading a school or district for years, the leaders profiled here reflect a wealth of experience, of learning, and of strategy for school improvement.

Anchored in the five leadership practices identified in a decade of research supported by The Wallace Foundation, the Principal Practice videos bring the work of school leadership to life. Each video vignette features two principals from different parts of the country, along with their staffs, students and communities.

Accompanying these videos are discussion guides that can be used to frame reflective conversations about leadership practices in university-based coursework, district-based training programs, coaching or supervisory conversations, or peer-run professional learning communities.

The Principal Supervisor video provides a glimpse at how two large districts are remaking the traditional role of principal supervisor, allowing them to focus more deliberately on helping principals improve instruction in schools.